Jesmonite demonstration

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We had a visitor up at the studio, Tim Sharman, head of technical services at Jesmonite showcasing some of their fantastic range of composite materials and techniques.

Having worked with jesmonite myself for a number of years it was a pleasure to finally meet up with Tim, to hear how their unique product range has grown and to hear some of the diverse architectural, artistic and functional uses for these materials.


cross section jesmonite window surround

cross section showing thin laminate construction of jesmonite window surrounds.

One of the amazing property’s of jesmonite lies in its strength when used as a thin walled laminate.

As little as 6 mm of material will provide the strength of a similar solid cast profile thus reducing weight and material cost. Using quad-axial woven reinforcement and chopped fibre strands complex moulds and patterns can be cast stronger and lighter than before opening up huge possibilities.

The range of finishes is almost endless, coloured, matte, gloss, stone, polished, etched, aged, real metals.. in fact it is endless.

A really good thing was the genuine enthusiasm and product knowledge Tim has and we look forward to working together on future projects

Welcome to my blog

I have been plastering since the age of 15 so I have just over 23 years of experience in the building trade. I consider plasterwork to be a form of art and have studied, experimented, discovered and learnt as much as possible about the history and development of all forms of  plasterwork from around the world.

I am very fortunate to have worked with some amazingly talented craftsmen and women, from various trades who have helped me to develop my own skills.

I plan to add blog posts and articles to this site from the images I have taken over the last 20 years and talk about work I have done as well as work from other guest artisans, tips and tricks, projects and any other useful bits of information.

Dave Lawton

Oak beam

15 years ago I was asked to create these imitation oak beams to hide a large steel RSJ and some pipework.
This was my first attempt at hand modelling and it was mainly carved out of ordinary gypsum plaster over layers of plasterboard and bonding. Many people did think it was real wood and commented how well it blended into the small cottage kitchen